Askrigg and the Kings Arms, Askrigg

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Askrigg and the Kings Arms, Askrigg

Turner stayed in Askrigg on 26 July 1816 when making illustrations for 'A General History of the County of York' by Thomas Dunham Whitaker.  He spent the night at the Kings Arms, in this quiet village characterised by its tall houses and cobbled market place centred around St Oswald's Church.

Turner had travelled over from Upper Wharfedale during the day, but habitually used every hour of daylight to make sketches.  No sooner had he stabled his horse and taken some refreshment, than he was out in the evening exploring his surroundings.

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Turner's Viewpoint

Turner made a walking circuit to sketch the Yorebridge (Yorebridge, from the east 'Yorkshire 2' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: CXLV 140a) and Colby Falls (Colby Fall, near Askrigg 'Yorkshire 2' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: CXLV 141a), a short way to the west of the town, before climbing up to sketch Mill Gill Force above Askrigg (Mill Gill Fall, near Askrigg 'Yorkshire 5' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: CXLVIII 17a) and Whitfield Gill Force (Whitfield Gill Fall: Two Drawings, Near and Distant Views 'Yorkshire 4' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: CXLVII 4a and 5).  The latter, although a dramatic fall on almost the same scale as Hardraw Force, is now almost completely unknown, since it has been completely lost under the growth of trees.

Turner began a finished watercolour study of Mill Gill Force (Colour Study of Mill Gill Fall, near Askrigg, Wensleydale, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: CCLXIII 133), but in the event no finished watercolours of any of these subjects appear to have been completed.

Discover The Landscape

The Turner Trails bench is located in the Market Place beside the old pump on cobbles near the church.

Where Turner Stayed

Download our themed leaflet and see how the innkeepers and hoteliers played their part in ensuring Turner made the most of his Yorkshire sketching tours.

The Venue


Kings Arms, Main Street, Askrigg, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3HQ
Bench location: Askrigg Market Place, DL8 3HQ

Map reference: SD948910

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Directions to Askrigg and the Kings Arms, Askrigg:

Follow the A684 Leyburn-Hawes road to Bainbridge, where the minor road to Askrigg is clearly signposted. Askrigg is about 4 miles NE of Bainbridge. The Kings Arms is situated on Main Street